Rob McGaffin is a town planner and land economist. He has worked as town planner with the City of Cape Town and the Gauteng Department of Economic Development and has worked in property finance at several financial institutions.
As a Mistra Urban Futures Researcher with the African Centre for Cities, he assisted the City of Cape Town in developing the Economic Areas Management Programme – ECAMP. He currently lectures in the Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town and is a member of the UCT - Nedbank Urban Real Estate Research Unit. In addition, he is the course director for the Housing Finance Couse for Sub-Saharan Africa run in partnership with the University of Cape Town, the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. He registered for a PhD at the University of Cape Town where he is researching where and why the economic sectors in Cape Town locate where they do.